We recently paid a visit to the Pikachu Café in Roppongi, where we dined on, among other dishes, a hamburger shaped like the electrically charged Pokémon mascot. But while we found ourselves craving seconds, we weren’t sure we felt like waiting in the restaurant’s long line again.
So instead, we decided to make our own Pikachu Burger by reverse engineering and remixing what we ate in Roppongi, and today we’re sharing our recipe with you. So join us after the break for this easy recipe and a step-by-step guide to building your own pika-tastic burgers!
Even with its playful artistic touches, the Pikachu Burger really isn’t that hard to replicate. As a matter of fact, as soon as I saw the Pikachu Café’s version, I said, “I could make that!”
Or, more accurately, my wife said, “I could make that!” and I said, “I could take pictures and wash the dishes afterwards!”
Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Ingredients (makes two Pikachu Burgers)Ground beef (300 g / 10.6 oz.)
Bread crumbs (3 tablespoons)
Milk (4 tablespoons)
Cherry tomatoes (2)
Uncooked spaghetti (1 stick)
Chocolate decorating pen
Our 300 grams of beef will give us enough for two large burgers. We actually used a Japanese recipe for hamburger steak, which lets the bread crumbs and onions play a pretty important role in the flavor.
First, slice an onion in half, then peel and rinse it. Next, you’ll need to dice the half-onion, either with a food processor or some fancy knife-handling skills and the finest knife you can buy for 100 yen.
▼ I’m not crying because of the onions. I was just thinking about Bambi’s mom and…oh wait, I got that backwards.
▼ Good to go
▼ Practice run
▼ You know you’re in Japan when you have less trouble finding Don Tacos teriyaki chicken flavor tortilla chips than hamburger buns. Odd as they may sound, they’re actually pretty tasty, with a sweet, sort of caramel-like flavor.
▼ There’s really nothing in Japan that you can’t buy in a cute package.
▼ Be careful not to chomp down on the raw pasta once you start eating, though, since it’s obviously pretty hard.
▼ The finished buns
▼ We’re still gonna eat him, though.
▼ Both of them, actually.
In fact, we’ve even put all of this into a handy video for you to love and keep forever!
Happy cooking, Rocketeers!